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Ok, so it should be painfully obvious that i am new to Linux. I read a few articles, did some google-fu, and was able to get a nice clean and relatively pain free install of YDL on my PS3. Now the fun starts. So I take a look around linux. Anyone who says Linux is like windows must have feeble powers of observation. So I am stoked, I get to learn a completely new way of doing things right? Sounds fine to me. So I open up some settings, change a few things, magic happens and I feel proud of myself. I open up Mozilla (an old friend of mine from windows), and hop on youtube. Oh yeah I need a flash player, so I go to the Adobe site to download. Thats where the fun stops. A tar.gz? RPM? YUM? Uh-oh. Back to google. So I find a few things that are theoretically informative, but ultimately not helpful to my situation. I found out that tar.gz is kinda like a bunched of files "tarred" together and that RPM is a red hat package manager that is supposed to help things install smoothly. So I click on "Download .RPM", and then a webpage with a media player pops up telling me that it is trying to play a Real Player object. So I back out and try the yum do-hicky. It downloads to desktop, so far so good. I find nautilus, open up the yum thingy-bob, and a window that says "Package installer" opens up and says it is checking for dependencies and what not, and then tells me "Package Installed!". Alas, I still have no flash player. The same thing happened with Azureus and Acrobat reader. So what am I doing wrong? Would someone care to explain to a nub like me what exactly a tar.gz, rpm, and yum are, how they differ, and how I can use them effectively? I really enjoy Linux, but I am ultimately frustrated by my lack of knowledge with it. I hear that the more some knows windows, the harder it will be to learn linux, but I threw away all windows notions out the door when I started linux, because I know, recognize and appreciate that these are two completely different animals. So that is my long winded plea for help. I searched among several tutorials, self-help guides, and Linux for Retards manuals, but I am still pretty much dumbfounded when it comes to making Linux work the way I would like it to (and telepathy has never worked for me on computers ), so if someone could help me figure out how to install stuff on this slick beast, I would be much obliged. By the way should I disable the yellow dog environment and switch to Gnome or KDE to make things easier? and if so how would I do that? Damn I AM dumb...